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Iron Age mass grave found in England

An Iron Age mass grave has been found in Derbyshire. Nine skeletons, mostly women and children, have been discovered so far, but hundreds more are expected to be found.

Archaeologists believe the people at Fin Cop died after the hill fort had been attacked and captured. The women and children appear to have died of flesh wounds that have left no trace on the surviving bones.

Radiocarbon dating has shown that the hillfort was built in the period 440-390 BC. The destruction of the fort and slaying of its inhabitants took place soon afterwards.

There are no remains of any adult males in the ditch, which suggests that they were sold on as slaves, or pressed into military service.

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